After six years of creating baked goods for Lloydminster residents, On The Border Bakeshop could be shutting down in a year’s time.
Co-owners Keith Gagnon and April Feddersen announced they will be selling the store and moving out of the Border City.
Gagnon says the family will be off to new adventures once their daughter finishes high school and eventually heads to post-secondary. He says they also want to be closer to family in B.C.
“It feels weird to be honest. We’ve known we wanted to do this for a while and made the decision ourselves a couple of days ago, but it feels real now. It’s sad, but exciting and hopefully someone takes over.”
On The Border Bakeshop started in 2014 with plans for Feddersen to run it on her own. However, due to a declining economy and a slowdown in construction, Gagnon jumped in and the two ran it together along with their daughter.
“April found this spot and she built the walls, put all the flooring in. We had our young daughter helping us and she grew up in the bake shop, but the time has come and she’s all grown up and doesn’t want to be in the bake shop no more. She’s got to go to college.”
He says there is a chance for the bake shop to stay open as they are looking for someone else to take over before the lease is up in August 2021. Gagnon mentions there’s been interest, but no concrete offers since the announcement.
“It’s been going good. We’ve made a lot of mistakes and spent a lot of money learning, but we have everything dialed in now that the business is profitable still. Even with the downturn of oil and when COVID happened, our customers have stayed loyal and it’s amazing.”
Gagnon says the support from Lloydminster and the surrounding areas has kept them going through hardship and new ideas. The most important skill that Gagnon says he learned, and others should follow, is learning to listen to the customer.
“They let us know what they thought and we adapted. We used to do things that we don’t anymore and brought in new things like the cake classes and the party supplies. We adapted and worked with our customers. They’re your people.”
On The Border Bakeshop will continue operating under its normal hours until next August. Gagnon mentions there are no plans for any special celebrations or events at this time due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.